You have to get into Federation Square, physically, to appreciate it. The controversial design—Melbournians either love it or hate it (I fall into the former category)—has given the city a gathering place, and you only have to visit on the weekends to see that it works. A conglomerate of attractions is centered on a large open piazza-style area cobbled with misshapen paving. Here you’ll find the Ian Potter Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which has two state-of-the-art cinemas and large areas where visitors can view movies, videos, and digital media. It has a one-stop visitor center, and there are many cafes and coffee shops throughout the precinct. It’s worth visiting “Fed Square” just to see the architecture, made up of strange geometrical designs, and the glass Atrium. Lots of events happen in the square’s 450-seat amphitheater, including theatrical performances and free concerts. Other events take place on the plaza and along the banks of the Yarra River. Melbourne’s biggest book market is held every Saturday from 11am to 5pm in the Atrium, with 5,000 titles, both new and secondhand. And you can get free Wi-Fi anywhere in the square. Free 50-minute guided tours are run Monday through Saturday at 11am.
- Frommer's Staff